08/02/2014 East Midlands Today


08/02/2014

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Good afternoon with your headlines for the East Midlands. There are to

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be meetings between parents, governors and the City Council in

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Derby after the weekend to find new school places for 140 children. It

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comes after the city's troubled free school Al Madinah was ordered

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yesterday by the government to shut its secondary school. One teacher

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's' union says it confirms that claims and fears that the free

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school system does not work. The idea that anyone can set up a free

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school where ever they like and if it fails, they can just be closed,

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it is unacceptable. Schools need to be accountable to the public and the

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taxpayer and be run by professional people and parents need to know it

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will stay open. A Derbyshire charity has discovered a rare archive film

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of its founder Leonard Cheshire in action during a daring World War II

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mission. The footage shows a night`time raid on a French factory

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that took place 70 years ago today. He gave 500 people in the building

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time to escape. It would have caused serious loss of life and injury. I

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can only thank God that everybody did escape, except one unfortunate

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man who returned for his bicycle. Nottingham skaters Jon Eley led Team

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GB into the opening ceremony at Sochi last night. It is the biggest

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British team with 56 competitors. Two 0 0

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British team with 56 competitors. Two skaters are taking part this

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afternoon. Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes go to Sochi as European

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bronze medallists with a target to finish in the top eight.

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Nottingham Forest hope to stretch their undefeated run as they head to

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Blackpool. Leicester are hoping to stretch their lead at the top. Last

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night's Premiership 0 stretch their lead at the top. Last

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night's Premiership action saw Leicester Tigers return to winning

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ways, although only narrowly. A late penalty goal from Toby Flood secured

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the win. How is it looking? It has been a

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fairly decent morning. But the cloud has been thickening and the wind is

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strengthening and that is a key feature of this afternoon. We have

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yellow warnings which last until tomorrow morning. Most of the

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showers hang back until we reach this evening. The winds make it feel

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fresher than those temperatures suggest. Then the showers come in

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and they will be quite lively with some hail and thunder and will be

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accompanied by some blustery wind. Tomorrow it gets off to a blustery

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start. Still wet and windy, but the wind starts to ease as the day goes

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on. It remains breezy on Sunday, but it will be a bit brighter by

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tomorrow afternoon. We will have more this evening.

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evening. -- the winds will ease Good afternoon. It is yet another

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stormy day to day with heavy rain around and very strong winds. The

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Met office has issued an amber warning for the strong winds. They

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could be disruptive and damaging. This is the latest in a string of

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storms that we have seen this winter. For southern England, this

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looks like one of the wettest winters for 250 years. Scotland saw

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the wettest December 4/100 years. Low pressure well in charge of

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things at the moment, drifting across the UK to the

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